The Little Epicurean

Jan 29 2015

Asian Sliders with Gochujang Mayo

Asian Sliders with gochujang mayo

When I was younger I was obsessed with love and fairy tales.  I’d constantly ask my mom how she knew my dad was the one.  She’d always have the same answer talking about love and mutual understandings and common interests, but the one thing that stuck with me was her story about burgers.

She had mentioned that when she’d go out on dates, she would only order salads, pastas and any dishes that were easy to eat with a fork.  Even though she loved burgers, messy sandwiches, and pizza, she refused to order it on first dates.  She made it a point to eat foods that were dainty and lady-like.  She broke all the rules when she and my dad had their first dinner together.  She ordered a big, juicy, delicious burger that required two hands to eat and a whole lot of napkins.

My mom explained that from the first time she met my dad, she felt super comfortable and at ease with him.  She says my dad was the one because she didn’t feel self-conscious eating messy foods around him.  To which I responded, why didn’t you just order cute little sliders?  She brushed off my comments and continued on with her story.

Asian Sliders with gochujang mayo

It’s a little difficult for me to relate because I’ll eat a burger in front of anyone.  Come to think of it, I can’t date someone unless they love In-n-Out Burger.  Not liking burgers is a major red flag and grounds for dismissal.  To me, it’s love when the guy is more than willing to give me the one curly fry that magically ends up in a batch of regular fries.  Now, that’s LOVE.  That’s when he’s the ultimate keeper.  (However, if I were to find that elusive curly fry- you bet I’m not giving it up!)

So in honor of my parents’ love story- I present you with the first burgers EVER on my blog!  Since I’m a fan of anything mini and cute, I made sliders!  And not just any old plain slider, these are my Asian sliders with gochujang mayo and crunchy quick pickles!

Jan 26 2015

Blood Orange Donuts

Blood Orange Donuts

I’ve always associated citrus with summertime.  Ice cold lemonades, limeades, and such bring memories of hot summers.  Imagine my surprise when I finally learned that winter is the peak season for citrus fruits! Winter needs as much pops of color as possible.  That’s why I love blood oranges so much.  I’m always so excited when

Jan 22 2015

Heart Beet Smoothie


It’s time to get all lovey-dovey. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. I’m seeing red, pink, and heart decor everywhere I go.  I keep getting ads for flowers and dinner reservations.  I normally associate this holiday with chocolate and decadent sweet desserts.  But before I go all chocolate crazy, I wanted to make a special

Jan 21 2015

Banana Coconut Ice Pops

Banana Coconut Ice Pops with chocolate and almonds

Is it too early to start thinking about summer?  I know it’s only January, but I’m already itching for lazy summer days. I have summer on the brain all year long.  Maybe because July is my birth month, perhaps because summer means it’s travel time, or could it be that I ache for long summer

Jan 19 2015

Chicken Arroz Caldo (Filipino Rice Porridge)

Chicken Arroz Caldo (Filipino Rice Porridge)

Chicken arroz caldo is to the Philippines as chicken noodle soup is to America.  It’s the ultimate comfort food when you have a cold and you’re not feeling well.  Back when I had my wisdom teeth pulled out, I had arroz caldo for dayssss without any complaint.  My belly was quite satisfied and happy from

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